Big Step Forward For Mark Barron?

July 13th, 2013


The other day, Joe was driving down the road and noticed a woman picking up the waste from walking her dog and it reminded Joe of the Bucs secondary in 2012. In other words, Greg Schiano and Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik had a lot of picking up to do with Publix grocery bags from the droppings left by their cornerbacks.

It wasn’t the safties who left feces on the field at the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway; it was the corners. So Dominik went out and refurbished the secondary, and playing with new, talented blood should help out second-year safety Mark Barron, so writes NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas writes in a recent chat.

Marlon (Decatur, GA)

Hey Pat…Big Bucs fan here…who is helped the most by the presence of Revis on defense in the secondary? I say Barron…

Pat Yasinskas

I’d tend to agree with you. Think the arrival of Revis and Goldson will allow Barron to be more of an in-the-box safety, which is where he’s at his best.

Not just that, but there are other, perhaps hidden benefits for Barron.

Yes, with Ronde Barber playing a more in-the-box safety last year, Barron often landed in center field, not necessarily his strength. Now Darrelle Revis (if healthy) can take care of damned near a third of the field, so the Bucs can shade coverage to the opposite side of the field to not only help Barron but also the other starting cornerback, possibly rookie Johnthan Banks.

Joe also believes Barron hit the rookie wall last year. Given some NFL experience under his belt and loads of help surrounding him, Joe expects Barron to make a big leap this season.

Joe doubts you will see Dominik or Schiano walking the sidelines of the Stadium of Dale Mabry Highway with handfuls of Publix grocery bags after the secondary comes off the field this fall.

33 Responses to “Big Step Forward For Mark Barron?”

  1. lightningbuc Says:


    Your analogy of dog poop and the secondary made me about spit out my coffee.

  2. Buc'n Junkie Says:

    That’s right, last seasons secondary, just didn’t pass the smell test. Hopefully this season makes last season a distant memory. We need to stay healthy.

  3. tampabaybucfan Says:

    We may want to bring some complimentary grocery bags for our opponent’s recievers.

  4. OB Says:

    Joe don’t forget the extra time that Revis and Goldson have spent teaching the “young Bucs”, two pro bowl backs giving insight has got to help and build the desire to excel.

    This team will have an attitude that has been a long time missing across the board. A new “Band of Bucs”

  5. J 2.0 Says:


    Is the any update on the health of Revis as camp draws near?

  6. Buc1987 Says:

    If this secondary is 50% better than last season and I think it’s going to be 100% better. Then the Bucs O is going to have the ball a helluva lot more. Man I’m getting excited here. I don’t want get ahead of myself though. Do any of the rest of you feel me on this? Holy crap if the 2010 Josh shows up along with this D. God help our opponents. The D does have to gel though, but if it does. Oh man. I told my wife the other day, that by midseason I’m going to ask her if plunking down 1300 bucks for our seats was worth it. Seeing how this is our first yr we ever bought season tix. I think it’s going to be one of the best things I ever did with that kind of money. It came down to going on a vacation with the kids or buying those tickets. Boy I had to haggle with the wife (turned big Bucs fan) over the idea. I better be right if I want her to go along with me next season. I think I am, so I stocked up on halls sore throat drops.

  7. Buc1987 Says:

    Once again, I’m also going to point out that having this improved secondary practicing against Freeman. Is only going to make Freeman a better QB. That said I can’t tell ya what’s wrong with Sanchez as I’m not a Jets fan.

  8. Couch Fan Says:

    ^^^ I hope your right.

  9. Buc'n Junkie Says:

    ^^^ that’s an oxymoron. That’s like me saying I hope my family gets the ebola virus. You don’t won’t Freeman to excel.

  10. Couch Fan Says:

    Only an idiot like you would think that. Just because I dont believe in him doesnt mean I dont want him to excel.

  11. Buc'n Junkie Says:

    Couch Fan says,

    “Just because I dont believe in him doesnt mean I dont want him to excel”

    Can anyone else see the irony in that sentence?

  12. Couch Fan Says:

    Buc are you really this ignorant?

    What is ironic about not believeing someone is good enough to be a QB but hoping that he proves you wrong?

    Are you drunk? High or what?

    Or are you just looking for a debate because I can debate with you, but if your gonna act this ignorant…. I rather debate with a wall.

  13. Buc'n Junkie Says:

    You want him to fail. You’ve made that pretty clear. Now you’re back tracking by saying he hopes he proves you wrong. OK, I say he will, but it still doesn’t change the fact you’d rather see him fail first, but if he proves you wrong your going to be his biggest fan. What a joke! ..just keep hatin’

  14. lightningbuc Says:

    Buc N Junkie,

    Quit sniffing JFro’s jock for a second and calm down. I do not believe Freeman is worth a crap either based on his performance to date, but I, like Couch Fan, hope he proves me wrong. Because we are stuck with Jfro does not mean we will not root for the bucs and Freeman himself and hope for their success. To say otherwise is just IGNORANT!

  15. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I find that the bashers usually adjust their rhetoric near the start of training camp and wait for a couple mistakes to start up on it again.

    That said, I believe Couch wants Freeman to be very successful. I just think he’s a part of the “I want it now” crowd on every player.

    In all fairness, Freeman has had the right amount of time to develop. He’s got the tools. This is the year he needs to excel.

    I think he would have done much better last year with all the starters on the oline.

    Buc’n Junkie, Couch may have had that attitude in the past. He may again in the future. But people change their views. It’s permitted.

    Freeman has already won me over. This year he has the opportunity to win guys like Couch over as well.

    The main conflict between fans is the viewpoint. Some want to be won over, others are already won over until something happens to change their minds. Glass half empty. Glass half full.

    I’m a glass half full kind of guy. I try to see the positives. I don’t ignore Josh’s negatives. I just believe he can overcome them.

  16. Couch Fan Says:

    Buc’n Junkie

    Lol, to funny. You crack me up. I am gonna keep “hatin” until Freeman proves he’s worth a dam in this league, which is something he has not done yet despite what you think.

    I’m not gonna go threw all the work of trying to find articles from back when the season ended, but I have always said I hope Free proves me wrong. I have never back tracked…. its only the blind fools like you who have to make things up to prove a point because you have no other leg to stand on… So while I keep “hatin”…. you stay blind!

  17. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    lightningbuc Says:
    “Because we are stuck with Jfro…”

    This is a prime example of viewpoints that differ. While Lightning believes we are stuck with “Jfro”, I believe we have the opportunity to see him become a Hall of Famer over his career.

  18. Couch Fan Says:

    That said, I believe Couch wants Freeman to be very successful. I just think he’s a part of the “I want it now” crowd on every player.


    I will admit that I am the type that wants it now. But going into year 5 I am frustrated and wanting much more than this underachiever. I think every fan should feel the same.

    The main conflict between fans is the viewpoint. Some want to be won over, others are already won over until something happens to change their minds. Glass half empty. Glass half full.


    Thats a very good point and I never thought about it that way but yea that describes me perfectly. I’m looking for Freeman to win me over, he’s had impressive moments but not enough and way to many “What the hell was he thinking?” moments.

  19. Walter Says:

    How does a story about Barron turn into a Freeman debate xD

    We should all just wait for the games to start.

  20. Buc'n Junkie Says:

    You know really, it’s when all of you Freeman detractors come out every single day to drop bombs on our starting QB is what kills me. Let’s come together, drop our issues and try to be a little more positive. It is what it is. Now, we just need to get behind our team and hope “ALL” the players success. Just one day would be a miracle.

  21. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Buc’n Junkie, well said.

    BTW, PFT just ranked us a 24th. I guess that means we’ll be 8th this year in reality. Welcome to the playoffs!

  22. Buc1987 Says:

    Really this will be Josh’s 4th full season right?

  23. Buc'n Junkie Says:

    ^^^ right!!!!

  24. Architek Says:

    Why are you people talking about Freeman? This thread was discussing Barron growth potential with offseason additions.

  25. Buc'n Junkie Says:

    On topic,

    I think Barron will be huge this season. This is why we drafted him, to play near the box. Between Watson, Foster, David, and Barron, I see them keeping the run game in check and a number of sacks this year from those positions. Does anyone else see it that way? or am I teetering on the edge of homerism?

  26. Buc1987 Says:

    Well a topic could be about the best sunscreen to put on at the game and it will erupt into a Freeman match. So yah let’s discuss Barron. How good was John Lynch when he was a rookie? I few big hits here and there, but we hardly knew him. Same goes for Barron I think. We can’t call him a bust so far by any means. This season will tell a whole lot. Just like the other F word.

  27. Buc'n Junkie Says:

    ^^^^^ you’re teetering lol

  28. Buc1987 Says:

    Oh nooooooooo I’m not making Lynch comparisons here. Just saying Lynch did not exactly step in and become a star.

  29. stevek Says:

    56 career starts for our QB.

    Regression from our QB since 2010.

    It is what it is, Buc’nJunkie.

    We hope Freeman leads us to a Lombardi, and we have seen the inconsistency.

    “Show me” year for Freeman.

  30. Raphael Says:

    Thought this story was about Barron ? Can’t wait to see that thumper in run defense …

  31. Joe Says:

    J 2.0:

    Will find out in about 12 days.

  32. Joe Says:


    Glad you liked the analogy!

  33. scubog Says:

    Hysterical analogy about sunscreen turning into a Freeman bashing 1987. And here’s why that’s relevant. If Freeman didn’t “suck”, as the JFro 6 claim he does, then more fans would be in the stadium to block out the sun’s harmful rays, the Bucs would be on Monday Night Football, Sunday Night Football and Thursday Night Football instead of the 1:00pm Sunday games and the “future would be so bright we would have to wear shades” and of course……….sunscreen. C’mon Josh, an elite QB would be able to light the way without the sun.